Mpumalanga (meaning “the place where the sun rises”?) may be among South Africa’s smaller provinces, yet what it lacks in size, it more than makes up in spectacular biodiversity – even though at two million hectares, it’s approximately the size of Wales!
Not only is it home to the world’s most famous game park-Kruger National Park, it is also dotted with numerous other private game reserves each teeming with flora and fauna, as well as pristine forests, twisting mountain passes, steep valleys, rivers, canyons (including the world’s third-deepest), caves also the world’s oldest cave system, the 3000-million-year-old Sudwala Caves and countless varieties of wildlife, in this rich & raw African-edenic landscape, under the wide tranquil sky.
The Kruger National Park originally founded by the government in 1962, is one of the world’s largest wildlife reserves boasting an impressive and unsurpassed array of indigenous species.
The Park stretches 350 km from the south, along the Mozambican border, before meeting the Zimbabwean border in the north. Most of the park is situated in the “Lowveld”? (- which by definition refers to broad valleys below 1 000m above sea level) and this is what many people consider to be the real, magnificent? Africa (and African “bushveld”?) with the Big Five and all the other inhabitants of the bush. And, contrary to expectations, the northern part, which is truly wild, has less animals than the south.
Note: If you are planning to travel to the Kruger National Park or Lowveld please be aware that this is a malaria region. Consult your doctor or travel clinic for advice and refer to our website on malaria.